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The Roots of the Reformation
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The Roots of the Reformation
G. R. Evans

The Roots of the ReformationG. R. EvansIVP Academic528, £22.00ISBN: 978-0-8308-3947-6Star rating : 1 This book has received considerable interest among reviewers, creating divergent opinions. The back cover displays a bright array of scholars who heartily endorse the work as a…

Created to Praise
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Created to Praise
Derek Prime

Created to praiseDerek PrimeChristian Focus Publications, 128 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-236-2Star rating : 4 This short devotional book contains eight chapters and feels like it began life as a short series of topical sermons. The text is broken up into short…

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Bitesize Biography – Renée of France
Simonetta Carr

Renée of FranceSimonetta CarrEP Books128 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0852349090Star rating : 4 I must confess that before reading this book I had never heard of its subject, even though I am half French! And yet it is staggering to think that,…

Let’s Study Colossians & Philemon
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Let’s Study Colossians & Philemon
Mark G. Johnston

Let's Study Colossians & Philemon Mark G. Johnston Banner of Truth Trust 188, £7.75 ISBN: 978-1-84871-239-3 Star Rating: 4 This book is in the Banner’s ‘Let’s study…’ series. The aim is to help the reader in the pew, rather than…

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Systematic theology — an introduction to Christian belief
John M. Frame

Systematic theology — an introduction to Christian beliefJohn M. FrameP & R Publishing1,220 pages, £39.99, ISBN: 978-1596382176Star rating : 5 John Frame is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and is known for his four-volume Theology of…

NSBT – Paul and the Law
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NSBT – Paul and the Law
Brian S. Rosner

Paul and the law Brian S. Rosner Apollos/IVP, 249 pages, £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-891-4 Star rating : 5 Anyone interested in understanding Paul’s apparent contradictory statements concerning the Mosaic law will welcome this most helpful contribution to the debate. The book…

BST – The Message of Daniel
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BST – The Message of Daniel
Dale Ralph Davis

BST - The Message of Daniel Dale Ralph Davis IVP 176, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-801-3 Star Rating: 5  I must confess that when I buy a Bible commentary I tend to skim over the introduction, but I did not do it…

True Word for Tough Times
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True Word for Tough Times
Dale Ralph Davis

True Word for Tough TimesDale Ralph DavisBryntirion Press/EP books, 96 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-934-2 Star rating : 4 The situation faced by many churches in the UK is a tide of opposition and little tangible fruit, despite much effort in prayer,…

John Jones, Talsarn – the people’s preacher
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John Jones, Talsarn – the people’s preacher
Alan C Clifford

John Jones, Talsarn — the people’s preacher Alan C. Clifford Charenton Reformed Publishing, 300 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-9555165-8-0 Star rating : 1 The first half of the nineteenth century in Wales was a time of spiritual growth, church planting, dynamic…

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Is God anti-gay?
Sam Allberry

Is God anti-gay?Sam AllberryThe Good Book Company96 pages, £3.99ISBN: 978-1-90876-231-3Star Rating: 3 stars   The author discovered that he was attracted to people of the same sex at the same time as he first heard the gospel. So he is…

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A Neglected Grace
Jason Helopoulos

Pastor Jason Helopoulos calls parents and church leaders to reclaim the practice of family worship. This indispensable means of grace directs our children to seek Christ daily, preparing them to go out into the world as fully functioning Christian adults,…

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Invest your Suffering
Paul Mallard

Invest your sufferingPaul MallardIVP192 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78359-006-3Star Rating: 5 stars Paul Mallard will be known to many. Some will be aware that his wife Edrie has been ill for many years. During her pregnancy with their fourth child she developed…

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Darwin’s Doubt: The explosive origin of animal life and the case for Intelligent Design
Stephen C Meyer

Darwin’s doubt: the explosive origin of animal life and the case for Intelligent DesignStephen C. MeyerHarper Collins, 498 pages, £8.96 for Kindle editionISBN: 978-006207-148-4Star rating : 4 Meyer has an impressive pedigree in the philosophy of science and geophysics, but…